Sterek A-Z Challenge: one word prompts
Week 5: E - Emergency
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Derek couldn’t even begin to appreciate the unusually comfortable hospital chair because he was too intensely focused on Stiles lying unconscious in a hospital bed. It was so like Stiles to throw himself in front of a moving vehicle to save a little girl who had chased after her escaped balloon.
Stiles was a hero, and Derek would never expect anything less from him even if they no longer lived in Beacon Hills. That didn’t mean Derek couldn’t be furious. Or terrified. He’d already lost his entire family, everyone he’d ever loved, and the mere idea of losing Stiles made him physically ill.
Hearing a nurse calmly explain to him over the phone that there had been an accident nearly destroyed him. Stiles was all he had left.
Sighing, Derek shifted forward in his seat, hand tightening around Stiles’ hand. He hadn’t let go since he sat down.
The call came two hours after the accident while Derek was out for a jog. Stiles had been on the operating table at the time, rushed into emergency surgery.
That had been six hours ago. The doctors were concerned Stiles hadn’t woken up yet, and several further tests had been ordered. For now, it was a waiting game.
Patience had never been Derek’s strong suit. He was a fan of the maim first, ask questions later approach. Stiles had always been the one with the plan, though on several occasions, he’d rushed in, bat in hand. Derek didn’t know what was more frightening: Stiles facing down an angry alpha with a bat, Stiles possessed by an ancient evil, or Stiles unconscious and vulnerable in the hospital. At least against a supernatural, there was something for Derek to fight. Progress to be made. Not… waiting.
“Stiles…” Derek murmured. He moved to hold Stiles’ hand with both of his own and brushed his lips across the bruised knuckles. “I know you don’t listen to me. You never have, and it’s annoying as hell, but I’m begging you, for once in your life, please, listen to me now. You need to wake up. Stiles, please wake up.”
The only response was the steady beep of the heart monitor.